Award Type and NFQ level : HIGHER DIPLOMA (8)

CAO/PAC code : MHK71

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 31 July 2024

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The Higher Diploma in English is a programme designed for applicants who already hold a BA (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent honours degree) or comparable degree and who wish to add English to their list of qualifications.  It is particularly useful for applicants who may already be teachers or who wish to qualify as teachers in the future, and who would like to have the background to teach English to Leaving Certificate level.  The programme may also be of interest to applicants who already hold an undergraduate qualification in another subject, and simply want to study English out of interest in the subject.  Modules range from courses on Shakespeare, the Victorian Novel, to Modernism, Postmodernism, and Irish and World Literatures.


BA or comparable degree. (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent honours degree) Minimum English language requirements for students whose first language is not English apply. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent honours degree).

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Conrad Brunstorm

Head of Department

Department of English

The Part-time Higher Diploma requires a student to take second and third year English from the BA programme over two-years, amounting to 60 credits in English. Students may choose any combination of 30 credits from the modules offered each year.

Course Duration: 2 years part-time

The programme has helped graduates to qualify towards a career in teaching at Leaving Certificate level. Applicants who wish to use this programme to enhance their range of teaching subjects are advised to contact the Teaching Council before applying to ensure recognition.

Online application only

PAC Code

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.

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